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“Grey, sometimes I look into your eyes and I see a land with marshmallow-topped trees and lots of fake-breasted women.  Any the hoo!  Who can be this year’s Matt Harvey?”  That’s you when you’re being real with yourself.  Sonny Gray can be this year’s Matt Harvey.  I don’t even know if he’s going to be a sleeper, but my guess is he won’t be ranked in the top ten for all starting pitchers, but could end up there by the end of the year, so that ups his sleeperitude, which is like pulchritudinous because it looks like it would be a negative or some rare disease, but it’s one of the greatest compliments that can’t be pronounced by most people.  Sleeper-a-tude?  Sleepery-tude?  Sleep-er-eye-tude?  Don’t even get me to try and pronounce pulchritudinous.  I can’t even spell it without copying and pasting it from Google.  Sonny Gray doesn’t get touched by my soft hands on his subtle features simply because he sounds like he’s related to me or because he tried in earnest to grow a mustache.  We’re not that shallow here — though, I will say a land of marshmallow-topped trees and fake-breasted women does sound wonderful.  So, what can we expect from Sonny Gray for 2014 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

Last year, my man Sonny burst on the scene.  Looked better than Harvey in his first year.  In 64 innings, Gray notched a 9.42 K-rate, which would have put him in the top ten — just above Strasburg.  A K-rate isn’t something that should disintegrate upon further exposure with his type of stuff.  It’s not like once batters get a book on Gray he’s going to fall to a 7+ K-rate.  He’s nasty and that’s not going anywhere if he’s healthy.  The one thing that usually trips up these youngsters — I’m an oldster calling kids youngsters! — is the walk rate.  That was the one thing that stood out for Harvey after his rookie year.  Sonny Gray’s walk rate was 2.81 and well within the range of average-slash-doable-usable-adjective.  For any pitcher, a 9+ K-rate and a sub-3 walk rate equals a guy that can easily be below a 3.00 ERA.  No fooling.  We’re talking about a guy that will surprise if he’s above a 3.50 ERA.  (Side note:  You know how hard is becoming excited about hitters in today’s game?  It’s not hard to find pitchers to get excited about.  It’s like we’re playing fantasy baseball in 1968 and they just raised the mound two feet and Denny McLain looks less like an ex-con and more like a fantasy ace.)  I’m looking at Steamer’s projections for Gray (7.23 K/9, 3.45 BB/9) and I’m scratching my head after scratching my butt, but I washed my hands between the two.  Those numbers look hella low if anyone still says hella.  Gray hasn’t struggled since a half season in Double-A in 2012, but he admitted to a mechanical problem then.  Well, anything can get in the way of development, but I see no reason to be cautious.  Gray could easily have a year that looks like Harvey’s 2013, but I’ll be conservative and give him the line of 13-7/3.32/1.17/195 with a chance for much more.  I love you me Gray!

  1. costaricanchata says:
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    i think with the way the A ‘s bullpen is shaping up , they might not be requiring/allowing
    their starters to go past 6 innings .
    enough so that i might not be drafting any of their starting pitchers .
    even though you “don’t draft for wins” , it is a category .
    gray , in particular , lasted less than an average of 5 and 2/3rds innings over
    27 minor league starts in 2012 .
    hard to see him recording 190 innings this year … maybe 175 is more likely .
    how many innings are you projecting ?
    thanks .

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        the bullpen has a bunch of guys poised to throw 60 + innings this year :
        chavez , cook , doolittle , gregerson , johnson , rodriguez , and even neshek ,
        if he can prove to be back to pre-injury form .
        wouldn’t surprise me if their starter philosophy is 6 innings and stop .
        last year , griffin threw 200 , and parker 197 …. returning staff , considerably less .
        time will tell , i suppose .
        should be an interesting year .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed… But even if he only goes 180 IP, he’s worth the price of admission…

  2. goodfold2 says:
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    don’t tell me you get all of your jokes directly from vocabulary websites.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: just kidding, but “looks like it would be a negative or some rare disease, but it’s one of the greatest compliments that can’t be pronounced by most people” wasn’t first written by you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @goodfold2: Yeah, dictionary.com is my go-to joke writing site…

      • Public Enemy#1 says:
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        @Grey: Dictionary.com, ha…those guys are hilarious! If only they gave fantasy baseball advice too, then I wouldn’t even need my Razzball fix every morning.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, dictionary.com is the new Bazooka Joe comics…

  3. TheNewGuy says:
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    Id have thought Gerrit Cole could be this years Matt Harvey, not Gray.

    As much as I like Gray, he doesnt have the same giddy-up on the fastball as Harvey/Cole. Thats what makes you the real deal. Cole was dominant the final few months and I expect that to continue now hes figured things out. Think a big year, Matt Harvey big.

    As for Gray im thinking a year like Iwakumas last year. Very ballpark aided, but doesnt hurt himself with BBs either.

    • gareth says:
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      @TheNewGuy: When referencing that Seattle pitcher on razzball, the correct useage of his name is “Hidashi my dashi slurp slurp.”

      Also i suggest that Oakland pitcher be referred to as either “son of grey,” “fifty shades of gray,” “sunny gray, sweeping the clouds away” or simply “the gray (used on the rare occasions he is attacked by wolves / mike napoli).”

      • Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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        @gareth: Liam Neesons

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: He averaged 93+ MPH on his fastball, that would be 14th best in the majors last year with Verlander and Sale… Iwakuma was a top ten starter last year, so I’d take that… He has better Ks them him though…

  4. Count de Monetball says:
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    Grey, I have been thinking about what pitchers I want to draft this year, with mucho consideration from your sleepers and suggested pickups later in the year in 2013. I find myself drooling over a number of potential rookie and 2nd year players. Have I been listening too much to “A Teenage Love” by Slick Rick the Ruler. I like the young pitchers, I just don’t want to be singing “don’t, don’t don’t hurt me again, don’t don’t don’t hurt me again”

  5. Big Magoo says:
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    Gray has a lot going for him, but two things temper my expectations of him in ’14: his spotty minor league track record and league/division. The AL West is not looking like a particularly friendly place to pitch next year, especially considering the offensive upgrades that the Rangers and Mariners have made.

    Cole, Wacha, Miller, Teheran, Cobb, Salazar, Cashner, Cingrani, etc. Lots of good young arms to choose from in the middle rounds. It seems like a sound strategy to grab a couple of these guys once Brandon Belt and Will Venable start looking like desirable options on the hitting side.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Magoo: Mentioned his 2012 in Double-A that didn’t look good above… Yeah, there’s a ton of arms in the middle there…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: This offseason is dragging… There’s no light at the end of the tunnel until January Grey starts releasing his rankings’ posts… Wake him up and let’s get this show on the road (I assume he hibernates the last two months of the calendar year)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s in a Nicaraguan jail cell and needs bail money, don’t even ask…

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Are his meals prepared by Josie from Top Chef? I’ve read that they can be cruel, torturous bastards over there…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA! Awesome… They’re prepared by Josie but explained tableside by one of the boring chefs from this season…

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: … while he’s forced into an upright position and his eyelids are taped open, making napping or escaping impossible… he is then forced to choke down the “food”… this sounds like the perfect script for the next Expendables movie…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Or what it’s like to sit through the movie Grudge Match…

  6. Check out Tanakas on her! says:
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    Keeper question! 12-team mixed 5×5 roto, keep six. My keeper-worthy players are Posey, Carpenter, Choo, Puig, Desmond, Machado, Wainwright, Jose Fernandez, and Kimbrel.

    I’m hoping I can bait some keeper-weak leaguemates into 2-for-1 or 3-for-2 trades to end up with a better top six. Who should I deal? I’m inclined to move some combination of Posey (deep position), Choo (free agent hype), Machado (rookie hype), Carp (loses 2B eligibility in 2015) and Fernandez (shouldn’t keep two starters). Is that smart?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Check out Tanakas on her!: I wouldn’t keep Machado, Kimbrel and Carp… So if you can trade them for something with Choo or Jo-Fer, go for it…

  7. Bob says:
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    Good call on Sonny. I hope he’s not too overhyped on draft day.

    Question: I did well drafting last year in my H2H, 7×7, 10 man, 5 player keeper league. My thoughts are I’m keeping Goldschmidt, Trout, Cutch, C. Davis, and Scherzer. I also have the likes of Hamels, Lee, Sanchez, Desmond, Posey, and Choo. Would you substitute any of these guys over the keepers I listed? Also, the league is C-Util (9 positions) and 5 Sp 2 Rp so I’d be keeping Davis and Goldschmidt leaving me with my Util filled already. Would you try and trade for Tulo or Cano to fill in some IF holes since I have extra pieces I can trade that I’m not keeping? I would also like to target Harper but that would leave me with 3 OFs. Maybe I can also trade the dread pirate for him with draft prick. compensation.

    Wow, a lot of thoughts there. Very excited for the season and your first rankings!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: I’d go with the 5 you’re keeping… I’d try to trade for Cano with Davis if I could…

  8. Johan Barleycorn says:
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    Grey,

    I’m in a 10 team 6×6 H2H league. We can keep five players max. If we keep less, we get supplemental picks prior to round one. Here are my keep able guys:

    Chris Davis
    Adam Jones
    E5
    Machado
    Segura
    Allen Craig
    Alex Rios
    Sonny Gray

    Do you like Sonny enough to keep him with this bunch? Would you even keep five guys, knowing that good players are always thrown back? Last year Mauer, A.Gonzalez, Pedroia, and David Price were all taken in supplemental rounds. Thank you Grey.

  9. Gator says:
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    In a 12 team, 5×5, 3 year keeper league. Need to keep 3 from the following list. No dollar values or rounds involved.
    S Gray
    M Moore
    Perkins
    Machado
    M Adams
    E Gatis

    What do you think?

    Happy Holidays!

    • Yeshcheese says:
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      @Gator: machado Moore and depends on what you need, probably gray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gator: Happy holidays! What Yeshcheese said, they’re not great keepers…

  10. Ra'zball Al Ghul says:
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    I hella say hella

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Grey: hella fun to read the article and it would be hella nice to get a full season from Sonny. Hope the A’s can shock the world and make the playoffs, Lew sells to bleach and cream guys and build a new stadium in the East bay so I can still go to games.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Birdmann: Thanks! Now let’s get Birdmann to games!

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: it’s shocking to the world when a team makes the playoffs 3 years in a row?

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @goodfold2: esp these days with the extra wild cards?

    • donut says:
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      @Ra’zball Al Ghul: In Oakland hella people still say hella. Except Sonny, he hasn’t been de-Tennesseeified… yet

  11. Wake Up says:
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    A little pecksniffian on the hand washing…especially leaving out the sniffing them part of the show…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Ha! Great word…

  12. ckmookie says:
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    I have the option to retain Sonny Boy for $1 through 2015…. 12-team mixed, $260 auction, 6 keepers max… my other keeper options are:

    H. Bailey $4
    Chapman $8
    D. Robertson $5
    Cespedes $12
    Hosmer $8
    Jose Fernandez $1
    Gray $1
    Minor $7
    A. Hill $5
    J. Gryko $1
    Z. Wheeler $1
    J. Soler $1
    B. Miller $1

    thoughts? i am leaning: Hill, Chapman, Robertson, J-Fer, Hosmer and Bailey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ckmookie: Sonny over Robertson, Wheeler over Bailey

      • ckmookie says:
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        @Grey: basically go value on P and load up on $ offense.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @ckmookie: Yeah, in a twelve team you can get away with that…

  13. West Brooklyn says:
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    Trade help…..which side?

    Strasburg for Wacha and Salazar
    Strasburg for Moore and Salazar

    Thanks

      • West Brooklyn says:
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        Thx……my thoughts as well…..but….I am all in on trying to get Salazar…..I have floated Sale and Salazar to the other owner……thinking this makes it more even?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @West Brooklyn: Even for what? Are you trying to get Strasburg?

          • West Brooklyn says:
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            No, I have Strasburg….practically married to the guy. H2H, 12 team, 12 keeper league. Struggling to find fair value in trading him. Due to my “marriage” to him, trying to find balance between overvaluing him and getting low offers for him. Am really sold on Salazar being the next budding star and trying to maximize what I can get for Strasburg. So instead of Moore/Salazar or Wacha/Salazar, I have suggested Sale/Salazar to the other owner. Is that fair value? Too much? How to you compare Salazar and Gray?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t understand trading Strasburg for two guys… You don’t trade one star for two budding stars…

  14. Bbboston says:
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    G,

    who’d you rather have? Gray or Salazar?

  15. Big AL says:
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    What a line up of 2nd year pitching we will have to pick from this year. It’s simply amazing. So my main concern is who will have innings limits on them. I figure Salazar and Smyly, but what about Cole, Cobb, Grey, Wacha, Miller, Martinez, Terhan, Archer, and then the gem stone of them all Fernandez in Miami. Your thoughts on these young guns if you please…….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll go over all pitchers in the rankings… If I don’t give them their own post prior…

  16. Bruce Leroy says:
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    How broken do you think CC is? I was just offered mr freese and CC for Chase headley..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take him there but that’s more about how little I think of Headley… CC’s around a #3 starter at this point…

  17. J-FOH says:
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    I hate hella more than I hate Carlos Quentin…yup I hate it that much. C’mon Grey, you’re better than that Nay Area bullshizz, the land of uppity brings us one of the most annoying slangs ever. Let’s complete the annoying slang and start calling your friends bra and say No Way anytime someone is telling a story. I had to tolerate that word when I lived in no cal for a year and when I had the luxury of having an east bay roommate in europe. I literally am hearing nails on a chalkboard as I write this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ECdhIvkT9o

    Oh and nice post, gray will be awesome. You didn’t even have to bring up the ballpark. Hey was Goodfold calling you out in some weird way above, if so, what a dick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way, bra! is what Billy Butler says when he gets out of the shower… Not sure what he was saying above, not like I magically pulled pulchritudinous from the ether as a word that also sounds bad but is good…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: You know I’m over protective of my razzball writers, except JB, that tree can fight his own battles. I get all sensitive like and stuff. You’ve met me, the anger is real and you knows i can f**k some shit up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe he’s the Korean BBQ hostess still bitter about Gangnam style guy…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: what a great first impression you made on me, you embarrassed her very well. I was gleaming with pride.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I just don’t understand not loving Psy, the imaginary horse rider… BTW, another six months and people won’t even know who he is anymore… Somewhere, the one guy from Milli Vanilli who is still alive is smiling…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I have a friend named Psy so I will never forget that crazy little korean….of course my buddy is Samoan, weighs well over 300ilbs and plays semi pro football, thats the game with the oblong pigskin that people watch on Saturdays and Sundays

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  A large Samoan? No way, bra!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: for real yo’s

              • Prez says:
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                @Grey: people dont like psy? No way bra!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  She was a hater, don’t shoot the messenger…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: she needed some Prezzi sexy time to get that smile back on her face

                    • Prez says:
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                      @J-FOH: dont they all?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      She was a grouch…

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @J-FOH: i said I was kidding, clearly Grey likely hasn’t taken even one other joke from vocab websites, jesus, calm down. somebody that trucks with the people you do should see messing around for what it is.

      • Public Enemy#1 says:
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        @Grey: Goodfold is a dictionary thumper. Grey used a word with more than three syllables and he got a hard on. Had to look up the word for himself and get all cray-cray. Here’s some more for Goodfold…Grey Albright hits us with a mellifluous delivery of fantasy baseball knowledge in our darkest hour (the baseball off-season). Yet, Goodfold just wants to call Grey out for being a sesquipedalian. Nobody needs a kerfuffle around here, but if a defenestration is needed we could go the route of a gedankenexperiment and spanghew Goodfold’s comments going forward.

        I’ll save Goodfold the time and kilobytes and confess that I fetched all of those big, fancy words from the same website. No hard on needed this time. Words gotta come from somewhere!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Words come from somewhere? You’re crazy!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          BTW, spanghew is my new favorite word…

          • Prez says:
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            Im really feelin kerfuffle.. think my grandma use to say that… In like 1921…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You stole that from yourgrandmammie.com…

              • Prez says:
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                @Grey: HA!! you caught me… You and your damn researching skills!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I just Googled it, it was easy… Busted!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Public Enemy#1: I write in crayon and then have my six year old type my articles.

          whats worse a bible thumper or a dictionary thumper?

          • Public Enemy#1 says:
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            @J-FOH: Whoever is thumping at the moment is worse!

            • Prez says:
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              @Public Enemy#1: guess jacks mom was the worst last night then….

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Prez: you stole that from yomamaissuchawhore.com

                • Prez says:
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                  @J-FOH: haha all my material is from there… And of course, DickandFartJokes.net!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Prez: well played gas man

    • Prez says:
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      @J-FOH: dont be a Bay hater! Youre hella lame..

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Prez: fo sure

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Birdmann: I don’t even want to know where you stick your birds

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Prez: well OTS is a no cal-er….oh wait he’s a so cal transplant. Yup nothing worrh it up there.

  18. The Thumb says:
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    Who out of Cole, Wheeler, Wacha, Salazar, Gray, and Miller gives you the most excitement?

    Also, assuming he lands in the Bronx or Chicago, is Tanaka worth considering for us fantasy baseballers or do you think he’ll be way over drafted?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole probably, all very close… I’ll go over Tanaka when he signs, but I probably won’t be in the fantasy sweepstakes for him…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i know in dynasty’s people (some) are talking about taking him over bryant/appel/j.gray (COL)/frazier, whether or not it’s a sound idea.

  19. DrEasy says:
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    Sleeperitude -> slippery dude? Kind of fits.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  20. Worm Turner says:
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    Wow Grey,

    As an Athletics fan I’m now going to have to ratchet down my expectations for Gray, which were already high, but now are in the giddy/ ‘just sipped some helium after ripping a huge line of blow off of Alyssa Milano’s décolletage’ territory.

    What are your feelings on Alfredo, Milone, Straily,and especially Parker for next year?
    Steamer thinks they’re all the same pitcher practically.
    A small bump to A.J., and a slight dunk for Parker.

    Parker’s HR/FB% spiked past 10%, and he doubled the amount of dingers he gifted last year. Oddl thing is through his career he hasn’t been much of a victim of the long ball. Last year was simply terrible, you waited for it every game. He ended the season giving 3 to the Mariners…
    Any thoughts on which pitcher we might see next year, 2012 or 2013?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll go over all the pitchers in the rankings… Parker specifically doesn’t look like someone I’d want any part of… Griffin is probably the best, but I’m still going over pitchers so don’t hold me to that…

  21. Reno 911 says:
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    I love Sonny Gray too. I picked him up and he was a huge part in me winning my league last season. Problem is, the pickup occured post-trade deadline which means I can’t keep him. I’m in a bay area league where half the guys are As fans, and it affects their drafting (last year, Brett Anderson went for $19 where our draft-day cap is $200!). I’m very afraid he’ll get pushed to over $20. How high should I go? Keeper league, where the elite SPs go for $30 or more (Kershaw and Strasburg went for $40 last year).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s not worth fighting for… There’s a lot of pitchers to draft for cheaper… If you can get him for around $12, it would make sense…

      • Reno 911 says:
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        Yeah, I budgeted him at $15. The scoring system in our 12-team points H2H league favors pitching. Kershaw wound up w/ about 750 points last year where Trout wound up w/ just over 600 (just for referrence). Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha… Yeah, $15 wouldn’t be terrible, but there’s a ton of starters you can get and be fine…

          • Reno 911 says:
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            Without the A’s fans, I’d bet he’d go for $10. I figure the likes of Salazar will be there for that amount. Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, probably…

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Grey: if brett anderson went for that much, you’d be crazy to spend what gray should cost (from OAK fandom inflation)

                • Reno 911 says:
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                  The homers who want guys from “their team” usually work for you in that they spend $19 on Brett Anderson, killing their cap and helping me out. This will be one time I’ll actually be denied someone I like b/c of it. I’m worried about Salazar going for more than $10 too, as the one guy who a) perennially finishes in last place, b) doesn’t give a sh!t/pay attention to the draft proceedings until someone from his favorite team pops up and c) never pays attention (to his team, trade offers, etc. once the season starts) is a Cleveland Indians’ fan. That jackass’ll probably run Salazar unreasonably high too. Everyone has “that guy” in their league, right?

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                    @Reno 911: dude in a dynasty i’m in just dumped a somewhat valuable player and greinke to get lester and a worthless player only due to being a BOS fan. I wish I had anybody halfway good on my team from BOS.

  22. mike says:
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    Ok Grey, have a huge Dynasty keeper question for ya.
    Its a 5×5 Head2Head League.. Need to pick 15 keepers. Round value is nxt to each player. I have some definite’s but I need your help deciding the rest. Here are my options..

    Stanton (1)
    Strasburg (3)
    Trout (9)
    Chris Davis (10)
    Harper (11)
    Dom Brown (17)
    Edwin E (18)
    Xander Bogaerts (19)
    Shelby Miller (20)
    Andrew Cashner (20)
    Anthony Rizzo (21)
    Jose Fernandez (25)
    Alex Cobb (26)
    Wil Myers (28)
    Profar (29)
    Oscar Taveras (30)
    Taijuan Walker( 31)
    Ryu (32)
    Jorge Soler (33)
    Jameson Taillon (34)

    The definites in my mind are Jose, Stras, Shelby, Cobb, Taijuan Walker, Trout, Harper, Davis, Edwin, Myers, Stanton, Taveras…. would really appreciate your input on which 15 I should keep and if you would change any of the “definites” I picked so far. Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton (1)
      Strasburg (3)
      Trout (9)
      Chris Davis (10)
      Harper (11)
      Dom Brown (17)
      Edwin E (18)
      Shelby Miller (20)
      Anthony Rizzo (21)
      Jose Fernandez (25)
      Alex Cobb (26)
      Wil Myers (28)
      Oscar Taveras (30)
      Taijuan Walker (31)
      Ryu (32)

      • mike says:
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        @Grey: No hesitation throwing back Profar and Bogaerts? Down on them, or do you think there too far off from relevance?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Too far off considering your other keepers…

          • mike says:
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            @Grey: Thanks for the input Grey. Cant wait for baseball season!!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem…

              • Mike says:
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                @Grey: forgot about one player.. Bruce (4). Would u kick out any of the 15 you picked and plug in Bruce as a keeper?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Bruce over Ryu…

  23. Mark says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Gotta keep 8 of these shmeckels:
    Cano
    Tulo
    J-Fer
    Cole
    Puig
    M.Adams
    N.Castellanos
    A.Gordon
    S.Miller
    M.Prado
    A. Craig

    8×8, 12 team league (normal roto cats plus Ks, OBP, SLG; CG, BB, HLD)

    I’ve been trying to trade Craig and Miller for Adam Jones but the guy won’t bite. Who ya got?

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @Mark: get rid of castellanos and prado. don’t know about the third (fat adams?) maybe opp likes prado and would do craig and prado for jones (worth a try anyway)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Adams, Castellanos or Prado

  24. ... says:
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    Grey,

    sometimes i peruse your whimsical bloggings (mostly in the offseason); however, i see your dismal league finishes (esp. in yahoo [or y! if you prefer]), and i’m saddened. your first step is admitting you have a problem. your second step is realizing that you are entirely over-rating mr. gray for the following reasons:

    1) you just can’t trust someone named gray who doesn’t have a mustache.
    2) you can’t trust people who’s name is a meteorological contradiction.

    3) a 1.32 whip in aaa is not a turnaround
    4) his fa is not overpowering
    5) not only is his mlb sample size too small, most of the teams he faced were well below avg in runs scored (hou, sea & min twice, tb once)
    6) hou & sea led the league in k’s after the break
    7) a rookie pitcher is lucky if they match their aaa stats in their first mlb season, which makes his high side: 3.42 era, 1.32 whip, 9 k/9; low side: 4.87 era, 1.64 whip, 5.86 k/9

    does sonny g have a chance at a tangy finish atop the pitcher standings? sure. is he worth the risk? definitely not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re cherry picking my league finishes like you’re cherry picking Gray’s stats…

      • ... says:
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        @Grey:

        firstly, i mean’t to say hou & min led the league in k’s in the 2nd half.

        i actually looked for a compilation of your 2013 league finishes, but i decided i wasn’t going to spend half an hour on the web looking for it or listening to a podcast. i remember rudy making a post about your 2012 finishes (as far as i know you usually play together), but i didn’t see anything about 2013. please share a link if you have one. i know of the yahoo friends and family league (my link is down) and another league that someone on fangraphs linked to.

        • Balmy Tundrastein says:
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          @: I take issue with #2 as I am only 12 and can almost throw 100 already. When i learn to control it i’ll probably be a trustworthy prospect.

        • Balmy Tundraton says:
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          @: I take issue with #2, as I don’t lie to anybody.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: how you like dem apples

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Delicious!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: that was a tasty link.

          • ... says:
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            @Grey: thanks for the link. your fanboys are funny. i wonder if you have to pay them more bananas than your writers.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @: I got no money to write nor have the hommies back. All real talk

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s paid in those Runts mini-candy bananas…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: can I switch to rolo’s? The gold wrapping gives me a sense of accomplishment

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m rolling them down a staircase banister just for you…

  25. Q says:
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    Wondering if you have read this

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/hitters-no-longer-peak-only-decline/

    Thought it was interesting. Certainly even 10 years is a small sample size and for every Trout or JoFer, there’s a Chris Davis. But the idea that players will start to peak younger (given better minor league coaching, the preaching in some organizations of “old man skills” like plate discipline at a younger age, crackdown on PEDs which older players may have used to keep their bodies going) is logical and might have some impact on drafting guys based on upside that may not arrive as expected.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Q: Interesting… Better draft Oscar Tavares now! I wonder if he separated out the top twenty percent if it would still look the same… Cause that’s where the top fantasy guys live…

  26. tecmoballz says:
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    10 team NL ONLY

    pick 1
    260 budget

    marisnick $3
    ozuna $5
    kris davis milwaukee $3

    thankx

  27. mike b says:
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    Posted this, perhaps too late in previous blog:
    Happy Chrismukkah Grey! Without wasting too much of your time, where is the best place on the site, if not here, to direct keeper league questions regarding setting/amending league rules(mainly draft pick trading)? I am commissioner of a league entering its second season. 10 teams, up to 10 keepers per, 171 trades in first year to give you an idea of league activity. All owners are friends which makes it even more dramatic and competitive when there is an issue. I do not have the keeper league experience of others in league, but was deemed to be fairest and most trustworthy to run league. The aforementioned superlatives were written on the short straw it seems. Enough time wasted, my apologies. Don’t want to be “that guy” asking you 7 bagillion questions about the same crap roster wanting to keep the same crap players who should all just be dropped. You know who you are, guy. Thanks in advance! Looking forward to your rankings and appreciate the eligibility update.

    • mike b says:
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      @mike b:
      More specifically, what are some rules in effect for other leagues regarding trading draft picks that may be in same round as a team’s keeper? Our keepers are kept for a round previous to drafted round, free agents are kept according to month they were added (april 22nd round…august 18th round). Our league designates 11 players by end of winter meetings, of which up to 10 may be kept, finalized by start of spring training. Through trades/FA pickups there are teams with multiple eligible keepers in same round. Rules allow for teams to acquire additional draft picks that may allow more than 1 player to be kept in same round. An issue I was looking to avoid was teams trading back in a round they have a keeper in order to move up in a round they are drafting a new player. Not sure how to prohibit this without ambiguous wording. Any help appreciated!

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @mike b: it would appear to legal in your rules to do just that, sounds like everybody should be trying to do it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mike b: Thanks! Happy holidays! Ask away…

      • mike b says:
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        @Grey:
        We are entering into the second season of our keeper league and it is understandably flexible as far as rules go. as the commissioner, i want to keep everyone active and acting in good faith. I realize it didnt take long to expose the loophole of trading down in a round in which a keeper is owned in order to move up in a different round. This is the act that i wish to avoid. Any suggestions for avoiding this particular issue?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends on the people, no rules are going to stop inactivity…

          • mike b says:
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            @Grey:
            the 171 trades that occurred throughout the year dispel any inactivity. This is purely an issue of rule wording(s) that keep teams from abusing the ability to move back in a hypothetical 3rd round that they have 3rd round keeper where they move up in hypothetical 4th round without actually giving anything up. this trade practice does not hurt a team at all while netting them an earlier pick in different round. it is understood that rules in our league are somewhat fluid for the purpose of bettering our league.

            • mike b says:
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              @mike b:
              for a hard reference a team with the 7th overall pick claimed david wright as a 2nd round keeper, but then proceeded to trade away their 2nd pick 14th overall for another team’s 19th overall and swap of 3rd rounders. this allowed them to move down in 2nd where they were locked into wright while allowing them to move up in 3rd. i realize each league is unique, i can only explain this 437 different ways. i finished second in the league and am trying to avoid unwarranted bias rule claims

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If people are abusing anything it’s an issue of the people and not the rules…

  28. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    I’m a big fan of the concept of pairings that you put together each year. I have the first pick in my 15 team NFBC draft and was wondering what your pairing thoughts might be at picks 30/31 when the draft makes it back to me? Would you prefer to go hitter/hitter or hitter/SP at that pick and who are some names you’d be targeting if still available?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1: Depends what you have by that point… Can look at last year’s, sure it’s not that dramatically different as far as strategy goes…

      • Public Enemy#1 says:
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        @Grey: Good point! I’m generally smart enough to have thought of that, but my brain is fried from all the egg nog.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No worries…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1: Did you steal this question from a CBS Sports forum question board for players that are actually quite good but still like to play in public leagues with other players that like to draft and drop their teams immediately after the draft or at least within the first couple of weeks of the season you know so they have like 5 DL players in their starting lineup all year and you’re like why did you even decide to come out of your cave to draft this team when you could have just slept with groundhogs for six more weeks was it seriously just to annoy me because that’s hella weak bra?

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Wake Up:

        that’s one hell of a long sentence .

      • Public Enemy#1 says:
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        @Wake Up: Does that sentence require some type of decoder to comprehend whatever it is you’re trying to say? Spanghew that one!

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Public Enemy#1: Agreed, superfluous indeed…no need for the impetuous bombardment of ectothermic amphibians, though!

      • Prez says:
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        @Wake Up: HAHAHA thats one beautiful kerfuffle of words…

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Prez: right on bra, right on…going to tear up some gnarly fresh pow pow, for sure…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Wake Up: glad to see you have been working on cutting down the sentence size….keep up the good work

        • Wake Up says:
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          @J-FOH: Sarchastic?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Wake Up: I think PE#1 is a newbie to the party, I love your long senstence

  29. Max says:
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    I have Austin Jackson as my last keeper but I’m for sure not satisfied with that. In a keeper, would you rank players gray, sano, Salazar better than him? Also for this year, who’s a prospect hitter that you could see making an impact?

      • Max says:
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        I’m very nervous with Jackson cuz I feel like he realistically gets one category. I have goldy, beltre, j upton, Harper, votto, kershaw, and sale. I need to keep one more. It’s a 16 team league and every great rookies already taken but I can still trade

  30. someguy says:
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    Keeper dilemma in a 3-year OBP keeper league:

    Can keep 2 of these guys:
    Rizzo for $1, FA after 2014
    Dom Brown for $1, FA after 2015
    Zack Wheeler for $1, FA after 2015
    Homer Bailey for $1, FA after 2014

    Thanks Grey!

  31. George says:
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    I just want to go on record that my salary keeper team (22 keepers) has the following starting rotation:

    Adam Wainwright
    Max Scherzer
    Jose Fernandez
    Gerrit Cole
    Julio Teheran
    Sonny Gray
    Jameson Taillon (AAA Ball, possible summer callup)

    Can’t wait for baseball season! Stay healthy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Nice…

      • George says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey – I have been watching your posts on “sleepers” and it seems like every day you post, another one of my guys is being written about be it positional players or pitchers.

        BTW – here is my starting lineup:

        SS -J. Segura
        CF – A. Jackson
        LF – R. Braun
        1B – P. Fielder
        RF – Wil Myers
        OF – J. Hamilton
        3B – C. Johnson
        IF – W. Middlebrooks
        C – W. Ramos
        2B – Altuve
        Bench – Profar, Billy Hamilton, Avisail Garcia, Oscar Taveras, Francisco Lindor

        I am very tempted on starting Avisail Garcia and keeping Joe Mauer as my IF and dropping Josh Hamilton but, as you can imagine, dropping a Josh Hamilton who finally decides that he can hit the ball (again) is a decision that I want to be patient on. With that said – I have Profar as my IF backup in case I keep J. Hamilton. It will be an interesting roster decision and something that will be closely monitored.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          About as good as I’ve seen heading in…Though it is obviously early…

          • George says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks Grey – I am ready to lock and load this year. This is year 3 of the team rebuild and I have pick 10 in this years’ entry draft so I have a couple of guys in mind as a part of the short-term and long-term strategy. I am sure that you can see the couple of holes in my lineup (like whether or not I really want to rely on Middlebrooks as my IF). I could go with Profar but I need to get my power stats up.

            There are TWO guys that I want before anyone else and I am sure that you will be writing about one of those players in case my other league mates read your posts.

            If the two players that I have in mind are not there at pick 10 – then I know which of the other eight players I will be happy to draft from: Appel, Grey, Buxton, Correa, Tanaka, Bradley, Baez and Syndergaard.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Your core of players is so good, I’d go for a guy at pick ten that can help you win this year, but I obviously have no idea who will be available…

              • George says:
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                @Grey: I have that one guy in mind who fulfills both short-term and long-term solutions. And you know who that guy is…..Will he be there at pick 10?

                That will be the interesting question…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Gotcha…

                  • George says:
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                    @Grey: Yep…..

                    and there are a number of other players that I either had rostered or were on the free agent list that could provide a supportive role on this team.

                    As you can tell, I punt saves and holds but if need be, I will be addressing the holds category to compete for that statistical category this year.

                    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                      @George: you are in a long term dynasty where bradley/snyderg/buxton/correa/baez aren’t already owned? how many Minor spots do you guys have (can’t be too many, either that or few teams) for those guys to be open. Nice problem to have.

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @George:

          think i’d rather drop middlebrooks .

          • George says:
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            @costaricanchata: I would rather be patient on a cost-controlled player who has the capacity to be a 20-20 guy and I was encouraged by his improve eye by laying off the slider when he was called back up last year.

            I can afford to be patient with Middlebrooks.

            • costaricanchata says:
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              @George:

              i was thinking of it as rather being patient with hamilton ,
              and using mauer as your mi , than with middlebrooks .
              if middlebrooks makes the grade , will he eventually move to 1b
              for the sawx ?
              idk .

              • George says:
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                @costaricanchata: Keeping bothe Hamilton and Mauer is not feasible because the salary cap is $123 million….

                Worst comes to worst – I roll with Middlebrooks and Profar at IF and hope that their OBP is .330 with decent power/speed numbers.

              • George says:
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                @costaricanchata: My bad, the salary cap was bumped to $128 million and I have the following players projected for salaries:

                Scherzer – $12 million (final year of arbitration if he doesn’t sign a new deal)

                Austin Jackson – $5 million (could be higher)

                Based on my roster, I am sitting at $104.2 million with $23.8 million available for higher arbitration rates on Scherzer and AJax along with my 3 draft picks.

  32. Big Magoo says:
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    Your response concerning your fantasy portfolio to the unnamed cherry picker of stats above (we’ll call him Matthew B.) caused me to consider the status of next year’s RCL Champions League. RIV expressed his desire for the league winner to organize the gathering of Razzball’s best for the following year’s league, so that falls on me for the ’14 season. As the reigning Experts League champion, consider this a formal invitation to join us next year, Mr. Grey Albright, as long as you promise to be more active than Podcast Nick was last year:

    http://games.espn.go.com/flb/standings?leagueId=6819&seasonId=2013

    I’ll send out formal invites once the league is officially set up, but I thought I’d send out some feelers to gauge interest. Have any room in your busy schedule?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rudy and I talked about us going into active-slash-winner leagues in the RCL rather doing the expert league, so, yeah, that’s the plan right now…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Nice. Rudy’s invited as well, of course, as is the writer’s league champ (Tehol?). It shouldn’t take long to fill the league after that. If it’s anything like it was this past year, it should be extremely active and competitive.

        Have pitchers and catchers reported yet? I’m dying over here…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, not the writer’s league, they have their own league…

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Don’t want the writers double-dipping? Or is it just a no-male-underwear-models-allowed policy?

            • Simply Fred

              simply fred says:
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              @Big Magoo: Don’t count on Grey/Rudy for expert-less league. ECFBL led 9 of ten cats of all 64 leagues. No other league touches our expertise…in my humble opinion…:-)

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @simply fred: The ECFBL is formidable indeed, but the Champions League is as good as it gets, in my opinion. Do you have what it takes?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Big Magoo: Are we still doing a champions league of the top ten finishers and the expert winner?

              Do I qualify to play in that now that I’m writing?

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @J-FOH: Only if you continue to lay the verbal smack down…

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Big Magoo: awe, that’s really sweet….Like football, I plan on kicking you in your Big Magoo this year

              • Simply Fred

                simply fred says:
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                @J-FOH: Hey, if you ‘elite’ get it going, the gauntlet is down…league with best overall placing in cats sports the true experts!

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @simply fred: I think only the people in that league care….I’m already tired of your schtick

                  • Simply Fred

                    simply fred says:
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                    @J-FOH: schtick? you live in a fantasy world. you may turn a blind eye to the facts. But, pretty clear for all to see that ranking top in 9 of 10 cats speaks for itself.

                    Grey, want to weigh in on which league sported the best perts?

                    • Simply Fred

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                      @simply fred: One of your league champs from last year (15th overall) tested the waters of our league this year. Result, 7th place finish. He is a remarkable manager, as are the rest in our league. Top players all, recruited specifically for our expertise. You think those top rankings came from luck?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @simply fred: no one cares for your self promotion. It makes you look desperate for validation. Just play your game and have some humility

                    • Simply Fred

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                      @simply fred: J-FOH, you the one promoting your ‘champions league’. Happy to let the results speak for themselves. If that league, indeed rises to the top of the RCL stats, tip-o-the-cap. Until then…champions of beating up on small fry.

                    • Big Magoo says:
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                      @simply fred: The Champions League is comprised of RCL league winners who finished at or near the top of the overall standings. Ryan Carey, 2012′s Experts League champion, finished 11th in our league this past year. Not exactly “small fry.”

                      There’s a frequent commenters league in the pipeline for next year and you’re welcome to join. Otherwise, I doubt we’ll come to a consensus on this issue. Just need to let the results speak for themselves.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Doesn’t Rudy do a league index so all leagues are measured then leveled so they’re on the same playing field?

                    • Simply Fred

                      simply fred says:
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                      @simply fred: Yes, Rudy does the index. Guess which league has the highest index…

                      Regardless, after re-reading, I apologize if my tone offended.

                      I fully support champions wanting to up the ante! Hopefully, this thread will help make that come to fruition!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No worries, we all want the same thing, all the leagues to be the most active as possible…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @simply fred: asking Magoo a question about a league is far different than explaining the awesomwness of yours. I don’t really think all values of a league can always be acurately measured. Playing the game regardless of your opponents takes some level of skill and some level of luck to win you league. It’s good you surround yourself with “the best” even though the best is not as always clear to determine. I think we have lot’s of strong competitors here and thats what makes this place worth coming to every day. We all love to play regardless of skill level and making all feel welcome here only makes us stronger as a fantasy community…

                    • Simply Fred

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                      @simply fred: So I apolized and your idea of ‘making everyone feel welcome’ is to preach. I’ll take you at, “I don’t really think…” Pretty well somes you up, Richard Noggin.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @simply fred: your apology for tone was a nice way of saying you’re apologizing and not really apologizing. Nice pat on the back for yourself. Your in love with your league and we get that. leave it at that

  33. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Just did a mock on couchmanagers with only 3 live peeps out of 12 – thoughts ?
    Braun
    Puig
    Adrian Gon
    Matt Carp
    Pedro Alv
    Sale
    everth Cabrera
    Beltran
    Cruz
    M Wacha
    h Kendrick
    jose Abreu
    taijuan walker
    cingrani
    glenn perkins
    aj pierz
    fowler
    casey janssen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You look low on average and your pitching is risky…

  34. Chris says:
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    Grey-
    Thinking of trading Profar in an ottoneu points league. I own him for $10. Another guy has a $6 Carlos Gomez and $9 Matt Carpenter and may be willing to trade them for Profar. How optimistic are you on Profar and what do you think of that deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take CarGo and Carpenter for Profar in a second…

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey: I thought so. Just to make sure, you know I said Carlos Gomez and not Carlos Gonzalez right?

        • Chris says:
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          @Chris: Just wanted to make sure since with the plethora of partial first name/partial last name abbreviations, I’ve only seen Gonzalez called CarGo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, I knew who you meant…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: carlos gomez is “the other cargo”.

  35. Public Enemy#1 says:
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    I checked out your pairings for Trout from the year before and I think I accomplished something by snagging Freeman and Scherzer with picks 30/31 on the turn.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…

  36. J-FOH says:
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    I’m counting down the days to January Grey. Is he growing a beard?

    Doing any thing really cool for New Years?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My stepfather’s mom died so I’m flying to the east coast for the funeral… Should be a real hoot…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        just in time for the next storm

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @costaricanchata:

          but you’re prolly taking about jersey ,
          so the pollution there should help to keep you warmer .

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, I can’t wait… Praying for a nuclear meltdown to warm the ozone further…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: would that be your step-grandma? that’s a bummer man. I’ve been to too many funerals, I can do with out one for a while….is it innappropriate to ask you to bring back that “ham” that is only sold in Jersey?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pork roll? I’ll be in Delaware… As the bumper stickers say, I’d rather be anywhere but Delaware…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Nah, never heard of it…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: we use to have it out here when I was a kid. It came in cans and was like some grape punch. Ridiculously sweet. My grandparents always had it at their house

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Wow, never heard of it… Wonder if it’s a Cali thing that they just branded with Delaware… Not seeing why that would sell more though…

                    • goodfold2 says:
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                      @J-FOH: in simpsons, when they were thinking about going to Delaware, when mentioning just what activities they were going to engage in Bart says: “We’re going to see a screen door factory!”

  37. Chris says:
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    Keeper league: pick 3-5
    I have pick 2 in the draft of 12: normal scoring except: OBP instead of AVG

    Dustin Ackley 97/384 40 4 31 2 .319
    Ryan Braun 67/225 30 9 38 4 .372
    Robinson Canó 190/605 81 27 107 7 .383
    Nick Franklin 83/369 38 12 45 6 .303
    David Freese 121/462 53 9 60 1 .340
    Alex Gordon 168/633 90 20 81 11 .327
    Robbie Grossman 69/257 29 4 21 6 .332
    Desmond Jennings 133/527 82 14 54 20 .334
    Matt Kemp 71/263 35 6 33 9 .328
    Joe Mauer 144/445 62 11 47 0 .404
    Brad Miller 81/306 41 8 36 5 .318
    Alex Presley 51/185 17 3 15 1 .313
    Salvador Pérez 145/496 48 13 79 0 .323
    Darin Ruf 62/251 36 14 30 0 .348
    Christian Yelich 69/240 34 4 16 10 .370
    Michael Young

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cano

  38. Wake Up says:
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    …back to separating all the colored from all the whites…oh you crazy, silly, racist laundry/washing machine…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  39. J-FOH says:
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    I finally got the new eminem yesterday. Very solid, I like that they brought Rick Rubin in. Also got Kendrick’s section 80 off iTunes. That one is ridiculous

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup…Good shizz all around… Off th enew album, I like Rhyme or Reason, Berzerk, The Monster, Love Game and Desperation…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: haven’t heard the whole thing yet. I like his baseball reference on “So Much Better”

        But you still throw yourself at me
        That’s what I call pitchin’ a bitch
        That’s why I’m swinging at this chicks on sight
        Long as I got a bat and two balls it’s foul, but my dick’s on strike

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice… Haven’t really listened to that song… You know how you get early favorites and play them to death then move on? I haven’t moved on yet…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I still can’t stop bumpin “just don’t give a f**k” and “still don’t give a f**k” from the Slim Shady LP…..must be the message I like

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: give Rap God a listen…there’s a part near the end that is ridiculous!

        • matt says:
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          The bad guy, and Dont front are my favorites off the album

  40. Mike says:
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    Dynasty Trade Round next to each player
    Trade Profar(28) , Dom Brown (17) and Bruce (4) for Tulo(1) and Justin Upton (1)??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce side

  41. scottsteelers says:
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    Keeping Puig, mccutch, j Fernandez, then deciding between Carpenter, segura, machado. For final 2 spots. Was just asked if I’d give wacha (who I’m not keeping) and my 2nd rd pick (14th overall) for Cano as a 5th rd keeper….what do you think?

    • scottsteelers says:
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      @scottsteelers: my keepers will all be 11th through 7th rd. Just FYI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Cano

  42. Brent says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Keeper league trade, always like to get your opinion first. Yahoo head to head. I’ve got Eaton at 4 bucks for next year and Altuve at 8 bucks for 2 more years, guy is offering me Bruce for 23 bucks for two more years. I have 135 to spend, I’d lost 11 bucks in cap space but I get a premier power hitter coming into his 26/27 age seasons. What do you think? Last year my team was the top roto team but lost in the playoffs due to my lack of power. I have Trout and Harper at OF and there are plenty of 2 baggers out there so Altuve is almost an after thought.

    Thanks in advance, happy new year!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Brent: I like the Bruce side for you, but I have one question for you, how do you play ROTO playoffs?

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @J-FOH: it could mean he plays in H2H league but his team was actually the best (in roto stats). Or it could be a hybrid league where the season is roto, and the playoffs are H2H. I just joined one of the those type of leagues.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @J-FOH: that makes sense. hehe

            • Brent says:
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              @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

              Aubrey is correct. By the yahoo roto stats I was number one but it’s a h2h league and I’ve lost the last two years in the playoffs since we’ve changed our format.

              Anyway, Kamsa Hamneeda for the expert opinion.

  43. Dan says:
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    1) Do you see Chris Archer improving his K/9 rate next year? Looked much better in the minors.

    2) Any chance Will Venable repeats a .280/20/20 season?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Dan: see Jay Wrong for question 2

  44. Jay says:
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    Better year in 2014, Gray or Teheran? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teheran…Go to the newest post

    • Simps says:
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      @Jay:

      Told you!

  45. Bob says:
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    Grey!

    Quick ? keeper league… you lose a player to the draft pool when they hit Free Agency.

    My Kersh/stanton for his sale/bradley/hosmer

    can one actually ever trade away kershaw?

  46. matt says:
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    Im keeping Jo Fer, when would you draft your #2 and so on? Pitchers are pretty much a dime a dozen right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They are… I’ll go over pitcher pairings after the rankings…

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